1984 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim Review

1984 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim from Canada

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance41000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki T500 Titan


I really enjoy my 1984 XJ650 Maxim!


No serious problems at all. A very dependable, low maintenance ride.

Valves on mine are a bit noisy, and a valve adjustment didn't seem to make much difference, but a half-can of Winn's Engine Tune-Up works great, quiets them right down.

General Comments:

I really enjoy this bike. It's not screaming fast, but very competent, and gives a nice rush of speed in the higher RPM range.

It corners very well with good tires, and it never gets scary.

Seat comfort is good to adequate. I'm quite ready for a stretch and to walk around about the same time I need to tank up again.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 1 review